PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/24/1884 - HFSID 30529
Sale Price $765.00
Grover Cleveland. ALS: "Grover Cleveland" as Governor of New York and Democratic nominee for President, 1p, 4¾x7¾. Executive Mansion, Albany, 1884 September 24.To Hon. Wm L. Scott.In full: "I expect to be in Buffalo on Friday Oct. 3d. Can you meet me there, at the Tifft House, on that day? I suggest this because I want to see you, and Buffalo is so much more your home than Albany". HON. WM L. SCOTT is probably William Lawrence Scott (1828-1891), former Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania, a member of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic nominee for Congress at the time. The Tifft House was a Main Street hotel owned by George Washington Tifft who also operated one of the largest dairy farms in the Buffalo area. Governor Cleveland had been nominated for President at the Democratic National Convention held at Exposition Hall in Chicago, July 8-11, 1884. The meeting proposed by Cleveland most probably related to Democratic prospects in northwestern Pennsylvania. Buffalo, N.Y. and Erie, Pa. are on Lake Erie, about 75 miles from each other. Cleveland was expected to lose Pennsylvania and New York in the election (all four U.S. Senators were Republican). On November 4, 1884, in a very close election, Cleveland was victorious by 4.87 million to 4.85 million popular votes, 219 to 182 electoral votes and 20-18 states. He won New York but if just 600 New Yorkers had voted Republican instead of Democratic, New York's electoral votes would have gone to Blaine, who would then have beaten Cleveland 218-183 electoral votes and been elected President. William L. Scott won his election to Congress, but Blaine won Pennsylvania's 30 electoral votes. Soiled at edges. Usual folds, not affecting signature. Ink transference of letterhead at lower left blank margin. Fine condition.
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